"Dear Math Teacher,
Maybe your students need a fun project to apply their new math skills, or maybe it is the end of the year and you want to keep them engaged with a creative activity. Either way, get ready to meet your class of theme park designers!
This project requires your students to do three things to demonstrate their skills with geometry, decimals, and business too: 1) create a map for the theme park they’ve created, 2) plan to hire and pay enough workers to run the park, and 3) create a business within the park that sells something to make a profit. The project can be modified to meet students at many levels of math and artistic ability, and this project can also extend to ELA instruction (ex. studying effective advertisements or persuading people to visit the park).
Ideally, this project will be completed after students have learned to add/subtract decimals, multiply decimals, and plot points on coordinate planes. Instruction about maps and their components is helpful as well. Hopefully your class will be so engaged designing their theme parks that you can circulate to assist the students who need a little bit more help with these skills. The project is best done in triads so students can collaborate with each other but each person has the opportunity to take the lead on one component of the project.
I hope you enjoy this project! If there is anything I could include or revise to make this project stronger or more clear, please leave me feedback on my TPT store. I strive to provide you with everything you need in order to effectively teach, engage, and assess your students. Have fun designing your theme parks!"
PROJECT FILE INCLUDES:
-list of CCSS covered for planning purposes
-ideas for remediation and extension to meet all students
-project directions for students and tips for getting started
-worksheets to brainstorm park attractions, create employee schedules, calculate cost of wages, and calculate profit of items sold at the park
-detailed 20 point rubric that assesses students' mastery of plotting points on a coordinate plane they've created (5.G.A.1), determining/planning elapsed time (3.MD.A.1), adding/subtracting/multiplying decimals (5.NBT.B.7), and working cooperatively with classmates (effort)
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